South Australian impartial senator Nick Xenophon has unveiled the initial of his candidates running underneath the “Nick Xenophon Team” (NXT) banner at the up coming federal election.
He has qualified a number of prized Coalition seats held by some of the nation’s most high-profile politicians.
Senator Xenophon’s plan to just take the seats was most likely more robust when Tony Abbott was prime minister, but now he will have to tackle the reputation of Malcolm Turnbull.
At the moment held by previous primary minister Tony Abbott, the NXT is backing psychologist and counsellor Marie Rowland to get the Sydney North Shore seat of Warringah.
Mr Abbott holds the seat with a margin of thirteen.1 per cent, and was 1st elected there in 1994.
He is nevertheless to announce whether or not he will recontest the seat right after getting rid of the key ministership to Mr Turnbull in September.
Ms Rowland has described Mr Abbott as currently being “missing at sea” considering that shedding the nation’s prime task, and “too hectic now on the speaker’s circuit perhaps”.
Sturt is one of the most higher-profile South Australian electorates, and is currently held by Education and learning Minister Christopher Pyne with a margin of just 3.six for each cent.
Mr Pyne has held the seat because 1993.
The NXT’s applicant for Sturt, Matthew Wright, is at present an emergency doctor at the Flinders Health care Centre in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.
Dr Wright has also labored in humanitarian initiatives in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.
Minister for Cities Jamie Briggs holds this traditionally Liberal seat in the Adelaide Hills with a margin of 7.3 for every cent.
But at the following election he will be going through up to a applicant he is aware of all way too well — Rebekha Sharkie.
Ms Sharkie is a former staffer to Mr Briggs, and has also earlier labored for condition Liberal MP’s Isobel Redmond and Rachel Sanderson.
She stated Mayo was “a protected federal seat and safe seats do not depend politically,” one thing she hopes to combat.
The interior Melbourne seat of Higgins has been held by now Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer given that 2009.
Ms O’Dwyer took in excess of from former treasurer Peter Costello right after serving as his main of staff.
She will challenge mining consultant and activities manager Nancy Bassett, who is contesting the seat for the NXT.
Higgins is a “marginal” Liberal seat, with a margin of five.4 for every cent.
Previous Abbott government market minister Ian Macfarlane has been in the headlines of late for his selection to defect from the Liberals to the Nationals.
His seat of Groom is a really protected Liberal-National celebration seat, with a margin of 18.five for each cent.
But that has not stopped the NXT putting ahead Josie Townsend, a previous publicist who now runs a advertising and marketing enterprise specialising in start off-up firms.
She has described the job of having Groom as a “David and Goliath” fight.
“Each and every and each 1 of these candidates will give the significant functions a operate for their cash,” Senator Xenophon said.
“They are all passionate advocates for their point out, and are all about politics getting accomplished in different ways.
“It truly is not about still left or correct ideologies, it is about discovering the very best solutions for the nation.”
Senator Xenophon programs to run Home of Representatives and Senate candidates throughout the place, and he will proceed to announce the customers of his staff in coming days.
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